Jennifer Black

Jennifer Black
B.A., Anthropology, University of Wyoming, 2013
B.A., History, University of Wyoming, 2013
jenniferblack [at] berkeley [dot] edu

I am a third-year student in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. I completed my two undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and History summa cum laude at the University of Wyoming, where I also minored in Classical Civilizations, Insect Biology, and Latin.

My primary research interests revolve around the study of Roman pottery, economics in the Roman provinces, and the relationship between the ideology of emperorship and the provinces. I am particularly interested in issues of cultural identity and  in the eastern European provinces, especially Dacia. I also specialize in Italic philology and linguistics as well as Indo-European historical linguistics more broadly. I have also recently been pursuing studies of Iranian archaeology, focusing upon artistic interactions between Parthian and Roman craftsmen.

Over the years, I have participated in archaeological fieldwork in Romania, Croatia, Pompeii, and the Plains region of the United States. I also have worked with assorted collections in Rome, focusing as of late upon the Palatine East Pottery Project (PEPP), where I have worked for the past three seasons. In addition to my ceramics research, moreover, I have served as the assistant for the Summer School in Roman Pottery Studies at the American Academy in Rome for the past two years.

While in the United States, my attention has been upon the preparation of my thesis, which examines the relationship between the tenuous authority of the emperor Aurelian and the abandonment of Dacia during the crisis of the third century CE. I have also been teaching in several departments; I recently have served as the reader for Hellenistic Art and Architecture and as the graduate instructor for the Ancient Mediterranean World. In Spring 2016, I will be an instructor for Introduction to Roman Civilization. I am also a Townsend Center for the Humanities Discovery Fellow for 2013-2016.

When not examining pottery, I can usually be found near coffee. Before becoming a California transplant, I have worked in state-level politics as well as NCAA athletics. I am also a classical ballet dancer, a science-fiction and fantasy enthusiast, a shamelessly frequent international flyer, and the doting slave to an imperious Norwegian Forest Cat named Livia.